Tom Cunliffe


Tom Cunliffe is one of sailing’s biggest personalities.  Tom is a prolific author, a prizewinning TV and radio presenter, and an outstanding public speaker. As the author of Hand, Reef & Steer, and a regular contributor to Yachting Monthly, SAIL and Yachting World, Tom is both highly respected and ably qualified to get the best out of Morwenna. You have an opportunity to learn from a recognised expert in the field.


In his TV series The Boats That Built Britain Tom described the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter as “the finest sailing boat design ever. Fast, seaworthy and beautiful to behold, the pilot cutter is the perfect combination of form and function - a thoroughbred perfectly adapted to a life in one of the Britain's most treacherous stretches of water”.

Tom, will be skippering Morwenna, our 45 ft, gaff rigged, Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter and you will be able to sail with him, to pick his brains, to have a good sail and a fantastic experience!

Sailing with Tom is an opportunity for everyone to get as involved as they want in the actual sailing of the yacht. Tom and his Mate will demonstrate how the boat works and guide you, so you are confident to sail the boat.  The man that wrote the manual will explain all you need to know.

More information about Tom can be found on his website,

The key to these days is tailoring the experience that guarantees you meet your objectives for a true memorable event. We have lots of experience with these types of events and are very happy to work with you to create a truly bespoke event.

You can choose from:

  • One Day event – start and end at the same port.
  • One Day Event with Dinner – arranged at an appropriate restaurant.  You can sleep on board or we can arrange hotel accommodation.
  • Two Day Event – start and end at the same port or end at a different port.  You can sleep on board or we can arrange hotel accommodation.

A full range of full customisable branded clothing is also available which make very popular gifts at the end of the event. Tom has also offered to sign copies of Hand, Reef & Steer, personalising a memento of the day. These books can be pre-ordered through The Traditional Sailing Co Ltd for £19.99 and will be available for collection on the day.

Dates for 2013 to be confirmed

The day starts at 9.30am, this time from Southampton, there will be a sandwich lunch and we will return to Southampton at approximately 4.00pm. We expect to sail in the Solent and work Morwenna for the day with Tom providing guidance and advice, ready to answer any question.

For further details please contact us by email at or by calling 03333 440 738.

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